Syrian Intervention Would Be Far Uglier Than Libyan

B.J. Bjornson writes that the intervention in Libya “remains the best-case scenario I can think of for a Western-style military intervention” despite it being “a hard, bloody slog that has left behind a fractured state struggling to put itself back together and resulting in knock-on effects that have yet to play out”. Then he goes on to explain why he sees “no way that an intervention into Syria will not cause far uglier consequences on every measure”.

On this, Iraq does provide a parallel worth considering. When one talks of the ”œred-lines” Assad has crossed that requires the international community to act, namely the level of death and destruction he has visited upon his own people, how do those acts compare in scale to the level of destruction the U.S. military visited upon the people of Iraq and in cities like Fallujah during their long occupation of that nation? You can’t argue from a moral high ground you don’t actually occupy.

Ultimately I don’t know what is going to happen in Syria, but given its strategic importance to numerous regional and international players, I suspect we’ll see enough meddling from the outside that the situation won’t be getting any better in the year to come than it has been during the one past. I can only hope the powers that be prove either intelligent or self-interested enough to keep the meddling from blossoming into overt intervention, since that will be the worst of all possible results for the people of Syria.

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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  • and the reason I call them cycle-o-paths is it just keeps going around and ?

    Thanks Steve but there seems to be no escape from being stupid on the part of the Amerikan govt. parties. How sad this is what this country has become to others in the world. When this govt. says we are bring freedom to said nation run for your lives because life as you know it is over. No matter how bad it was before it’s about to get worse. We only half to look at how the right’s have been taken away from Amerikans in the name of freedom in this nation.

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